KOTA KINABALU: Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin called for calm following an attempt to vilify his office over his decision to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly last week.
In a statement issued by his private secretary Haji Abinan bin Haji Asli today, Istana Negeri denied outright claims to that effect made by one Zulkarnain Mahdar which have since spread across all platforms of media.
“There is no basis whatsoever to these claims, the intentions of which are malicious,” he said.
Istana Negeri issued the statement after Gerakan Kuasa Rakyat Malaysia (G57).protem chairman Zulkarnain’s claims went viral on social media and also made the news in newspapers today.
It was reported that Zulkarnain had lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday on alleged wrongdoings by Juhar in deciding to dissolve the assembly.
Abinan today said Juhar had never received the 33 Statutory Declarations (SDs) from assemblymen who backed Tan Sri Musa Aman, as claimed by Zulkarnain.
The Istana Negeri also did not receive any formal or informal request from Musa’s camp to meet up with the Head of State, he said.
“Musa and several assemblymen who sided with him tried to enter the Istana Negeri by force on July 30 around 3.50pm without any official request and was blocked by the police.
“Istana Negeri had never instructed the police to prevent Musa’s camp from entering the Istana premises but the police road block was carried out to avoid any untoward incident.
“Taking into consideration the tense situation at the time and that the the assembly had already been dissolved there was no more need for Musa’s camp to meet him.”
The Head of State therefore did not consent for the group to enter Istana Negeri and meet him, Abinan explained.
He added that Juhar had expressed regret over incorrect information being circulated around involving him.
Towards this end Abinan said the Head of State had urged everyone to stay calm and not be deceived by false news being spread on the internet and social media.
Juhar has also called on the people to be careful not to come out with statements that may cause tension and jeopardise the existing harmony in the state, he added.
Parti Warisan Sabah’s legal bureau has lodged a police report in Kota Kinabalu against Zulkarnain over his allegations which it deemed inappropriate.
Warisan permanent chairman Datuk Liew Vui Keong who was former de facto law minister was also quoted as saying that the assembly dissolution was done in accordance to existing provisions under the law.
In simple words, he said the Head of the State had the discretion to decide if the assembly should be dissolved.
“The discretion of the Governor is also absolute and cannot be questioned in any court,” he said, calling on all quarters to respect the institution of the Office of the Head of State.